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President Obama laid out his new strategy for Afghanistan last night, and the all-out effort to sell it got under way today. Secretary of State Clinton and Defense Secretary Gates made the case to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and General Stanley McChrystal's briefing to troops was aired live on Cable TV. We look at the selling points and the mixed reaction from both Republicans and Democrats. Did the President's speech create a sense of national unity? Did he clearly explain the threat to national security that requires deployment of 30,000 more US troops? Will it make sense to start withdrawal in just 18 months? What kind of support is likely from NATO?

White House photo: Pete Souza, 1 December 2009

Producers:
Gary Scott
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper

Main Topic The Speech Is Over, the Campaign Begins 50 MIN, 39 SEC

Guests:
Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)
Stephen Philip Cohen, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Norman Solomon, Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy (@normansolomon)
Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
Steve Coll, New America Foundation
Josef Joffe, Die Zeit (@DieZeit)
James Blitz, Financial Times

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